Mulberry School

Independent, parent-cooperative school for children ages 2 to 3rd grade.
Nurturing the innate love of learning since 1971.

Mulberry School
1101 Douglas
Normal, IL 61761

Call: (309) 862-0510
Fax: (309) 862-0582

It’s been the best decision we’ve made regarding our children.
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Welcome to Mulberry School

Welcome to Mulberry School The Mulberry School is an independent, private, non-profit school that provides children with the opportunity to learn in an environment that values curiosity and natural development. We work to "nurture the innate love of learning" by teaching children how, as opposed to what, to learn.

Serving the Bloomington-Normal community since 1971, Mulberry School is a cooperative institution where parents have the opportunity to participate in nearly every aspect of the school. It is this support and input that allows us to provide a unique learning experience for our students.

2014-15 CLASSES

Two for Two's
Preschool (3, 4, 5 year olds)
Multi-Age (1st, 2nd, 3rd grades)

Please view our Enrollment page for complete class listings.


  • SMILE, KIDS! School Picture Day will be held on Wednesday, October 1. Order forms went home the week of September 22. Please return the envelope no later than Friday, September 26. Thank you!
  • Saturday, October 4th will mark the ISU Homecoming Parade. Mulberry School has entered as a walking group and we'd love to have all the students and their parents join in the parade. Last year's turnout was great, but hopefully this year we can get even more families to join in. We encourage the kids and their parents to wear a Mulberry School t-shirt for the event. Feel free to bring a wagon to pull your child throughout the parade and a snack/drink for the end of the parade route. If you want, you may also bring a bag of candy to hand out along the parade route. We'll meet on University Street, where the organizers will be lining up the participants. Make sure to show up between 9:00-9:30. The parade begins at 10:00am on the corner of College Avenue and University Street. Two possible places to park are the Braden Auditorium parking lot and the parking deck on University Avenue next to the business building. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Dirk at or visit the Illinois State Homecoming website. Thank you!

Literacy Night Photos

September 18, 2014

Thank you to our Book Fair organizer Melissa Blickem, Joel & Melanie Morefield for the delicious food from Bob Evans, our Cat in the Hat storyteller Ms. Jess, and to Ms. Carol and the teachers, staff, board members, and parent volunteers for helping making Literacy Night a wonderful evening for all!

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Rader Family Farms Field Trip

September 3, 2014

mini pumpkin on wagonMulberry students are excited to be gearing up for our first field trip of the year to Rader Family Farms! All classes will be enjoying their field trip on Thursday, September 25.

Please dress your child appropriately for the weather, including closed-toe shoes and Mulberry t-shirts. There will be a bonfire and students will be provided with a lunch of hot dog, chips, water, and s’mores. For those with dietary restrictions, please bring a sack lunch that day.

Parents interested in volunteering/chaperoning, please check with your child’s teacher for specific details and responsibilities.

Thank you!

What is 4K?

August 29, 2014

Our full day 4K program at Mulberry School focuses on academic and social emotional skills to prepare the whole child for Kindergarten. We align our curriculum with the early learning and developmental standards to ensure each child is exposed to age-appropriate activities.

Curriculum areas include literacy, story writing, math using manipulatives, and science through exploration in a play-based environment. Small class sizes at Mulberry School ensure that each child is challenged as his/her own level.

In this play-based learning environment, a Mulberry School student will gain independence, leadership, confidence, and social skills. We believe in educating the whole child in the 4K program by focusing on Kindergarten readiness skills.

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